Xmas 2014

When it comes to gifts of brotherly love, I was in a Nintendo giving mood this year. As I’m sure you’ll eventually see in a video of his, Usagi704 got from me two Classic Controller Pros. One was white and the other was gold. He also needed a Wii remote to connect the others to and I also hooked him up with that. There’s a movie in there somewhere too.

On a side note. A pre-Xmas game for myself was my second PlayStation 4 game. It was the newest Strider off of PSN. I still don’t have the system in question to play, but I did get the game on a recent sale.

Back to gifts, but this time for me. The photo below shows off a total of ten movies on Blu-ray. These are all off of my wish list from Usagi704 and my parents.

Liar Liar (1997 – 2013 BD)
Ghostbusters (1984 – 2014 BD)
Cobra (1986 – 2011 BD)
Casino Royale (2006 – 2013 BD)
Rush Hour (1998 – 2010 BD)
Skyfall (2012 – 2013 BD)
Death Proof (2007 – 2008 BD)
Rocky (1976 – 2014 BD)
Street Fighter (1994 – 2009 BD)
The Warriors (1979 – 2007 BD)

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New Releases 2011: March 13-26

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NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/13
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel (PS3)
Gods Eater Burst (PSP)
Halo: Reach – Defiant Map Pack (X360)
Hard Corps: Uprising (PS3)
Homefront (PS3, X360, PC)
MotoGP 10/11 (PS3, X360)
Sega Genesis Classic Collection Gold Edition (PC)
Shogun 2: Total War (PC)
Top Spin 4 (PS3, X360, WII)
Yakuza 4 (PS3)

NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/20
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PC)
Crysis 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP)
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PS3, X360, PC)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (PS3, X360, PC, WII, PSP, DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive (PSP)
Natsume Championship Wrestling (WII)
PlayStation Move Heroes (PS3)
The Sims Medieval (PC, MAC)
The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD (PS3)

Recent Demos & Next Game Purchase

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I’d like to take this time to fill you in on my thoughts of some demos that I recently played.

Ghostbusters
I liked the graphics and the voice acting. The controls were decent, but wrestling the ghosts into the trap, while more movie authentic, was quite difficult and annoying to do especially at first. Getting hit often from random objects also didn’t help the fun factor.

Overall I didn’t find the demo for Ghostbusters to be long enough to get a good idea of whether I’d like the whole game or not. I know that some of you are going to cry foul because you liked the game a lot. Trust me, I know, I’ve read what’s been said. :D

Rating: Bargain Bin

The Bigs 2
The Homerun Pinball mode was quite a bit of fun. However that wasn’t the case when actually playing a full game. I like arcade sports game, but I found out with this game that baseball isn’t one of them. I guess I’ll be sticking to arcade basketball for the time being. NBA Jam Tournament Edition has yet to be unseated in that genre.

Rating: Skip It

Dissidia: Final Fantasy
I wasn’t all that impressed with Dissidia after reading some previews and looking at a few screenshots before the demo hit. Because of this I didn’t rush to play the demo once I downloaded it. When I did try it I thought it was quite good and showed a lot of promise for the full game.

If you must know I played as Terra since I remember her from playing Final Fantasy VI back in 2007. Slowly I got the hang of how to play. It reminded me of a Dragonball Z Half-Life modification that I played a number of years ago. The one thing that sticks out as not so great are the arenas where the fights take place. They’re pretty bland looking and empty feeling. Graphically the arenas look too blocky as if they were made for the N64/DS.

Rating: Bargain Bin

Batman: Arkham Asylum
This really feels like it’s the Batman game that we’ve all been waiting a long time for. Its graphics are superb and the voice work from veterans of Batman: The Animated Series doesn’t hurt either. I’ve always really liked the animated show so I’m really happy about the latter part.

The combat is quite interesting in that you can mix it up with strikes, counters, takedowns, etc. Being spotted by armed thugs can be punishing, but even so there’s still room for choice in how to deal with the situation given. Toggling the detective mode on does help in getting an advantage on a room full of enemies, but it by no means makes it a cake walk.

Rating: Sooner Rather Than Later

Rating scale: Day One – Sooner Rather Than Later – Bargain Bin – Skip It

As I’ve briefly mentioned before, I’m going to be focusing on getting harder to find games that I’ve been wanting for sometime now. Once a month I’m going to look on eBay for these games. This should also help stem the large amount of purchases that I’ve made up to this point. Of course, rare exceptions will be made for games like Modern Warfare 2 or God of War III.

With all of that said, the game that I’ll be looking for near the end of this month will be the Sega CD version of Lords of Thunder. It’s without a doubt my current number one game to get that I have on my wish list. It’s a fantastic shoot-’em-up with amazing heavy metal music. I highly recommend trying it out in any way you can.

That’ll do it for me this time. Later.

The Nerd Under A Rock

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I don’t understand it, but when you get a large fan following, you tend to get quite a bit of email from fans informing you of something that’s wide public knowledge and easily accessible. I don’t personally have this problem, but the Angry Video Game Nerd does, as I’m sure many others do as well in his position.

Way back in 2006 in his first Chronologically Confused video he mentioned that if a fourth Rambo film was ever made that they’d probably call it John Rambo. Well, fast forward to when Rambo IV was in production, at one point it was briefly titled John Rambo. I can’t begin to imagine how many fans felt the need to email him about it.

In early 2007 the AVGN’s trilogy of Ghostbusters videos were released onto Gametrailers.com. Soon after the new Ghostbusters video game was announced. He admits that he still gets at least one email a day informing him of the game. It got to a point where he needed to make this video to say that he has known about it since that first announcement.

I find it pretty sad that his own fans think that he’s been living under a rock and doesn’t know about the game. There’s one thing that the Nerd has never kept a secret: he’s a huge fan of the Ghostbusters films. So you’d think it would be obvious to them that he’d already know.

Speaking of being in the know, I can inform you that more matches against Usagi704 have been made. I’ll soon get them up on YouTube to let you see them.

Cartoons: The 1980s

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Back in the 1980s, as one might expect, there were a number of cartoons that I knew about and a few others that I watched regularly before or after school.

At the time I definitely would’ve named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as my favorite. However, these days I find it much harder to watch that original 1987 series. For the most part I feel like my intelligence is insulted. That may seem like really harsh criticism, but it was obviously written for an audience of the age I was at the time. So when the series came back in 2003, I was delighted that it was closer to the comics in tone.

When I look through the list of shows below, the one that I would consider my favorite of the ’80s now would be G.I. Joe. My favorite characters would have to be Destro and Cobra Commander. It’s always funny to listen to them, especially Destro’s laugh!

The Transformers would be the runner-up and it probably has to do with the fact that both shows were voiced by the same team. So it probably doesn’t surprise anybody that I liked Starscream since he was voiced by the same guy that did Cobra Commander. My favorite character from the show is Soundwave. The voice was unique and was just so awesome! :lol:

YouTube video: 30 minutes of 80’s cartoon Openings

28 shows (15 known or 53.6%)
* Shows that I watched at least somewhat regularly.

Known
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
She-Ra: Princess of Power
Inspector Gadget*
The Real Ghostbusters*
Heathcliff
Voltron
DangerMouse
DuckTales
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
Captain N: The Game Master*
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!*
G.I. Joe*
The Transformers*
Beetlejuice
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*

Unknown
Ghostbusters (Filmation)
Bravestarr
Heathcliff and Marmaduke
Gilligan’s Planet
Mighty Orbots
The Littles
Pac-Man
The Legend of Zelda
Thundarr the Barbarian
Challenge of the GoBots
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Dungeons & Dragons
Blackstar